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NORTH CAROLINA STATE CONSTITUTION
PREAMBLE

We, the people of the State of North Carolina, grateful to Almighty God, the Sovereign Ruler of Nations, for the preservation of the American Union and the existence of our civil, political and religious liberties, and acknowledging our dependence upon Him for the continuance of those blessings to us and our posterity, do, for the more certain security thereof and for the better government of this State, ordain and establish this Constitution.

ARTICLE I
DECLARATION OF RIGHTS
Sec.37. Rights of victims of crime

1. Basic rights. Victims of crime, as prescribed by law, shall be entitled to the following basic rights:

  • The right as prescribed by law to be informed of and to be present at court proceedings of the accused.
  • The right to be heard at sentencing of the accused in the manner prescribed by law, and at other times as prescribed by law or deemed appropriate by the court.
  • The right as prescribed by law to receive restitution.
  • The right as prescribed by law to be given information about the crime, how the criminal justice system works, the rights of victims, and the availability of services for victims.
  • The right s prescribed by law to receive information about the conviction or final disposition and sentence of the accused.
  • The right as prescribed by law to receive notification of escape, release, proposed parole or pardon of the accused, or notice of a reprieve or commutation of the accused's sentence.
  • The right as prescribed by law to present their views and concerns to the Governor or agency considering any action that could result in the release of the accused, prior to such action becoming effective.
  • The right as prescribed by law to confer with the prosecution.

Victim Advocacy is an important function of assisting our citizens when a crime occurs against them. Our Advocates are available to assist both law enforcement officials and victims during this sensitive time.

Our office is located in the Sheriffs Office at the courthouse, 100 W.Third Street. Our office hours are 8:00 until 5: 00 Monday- Friday.

What is a Victim and a Victim Advocate?

A victim is the principle client of the criminal justice system; without their cooperation, there is no justice and no justice system.  Advocates play a significant role in improving the treatment of victims within the criminal justice system.

A victim advocate is a professional that represents the rights and interest of crime victims.  An advocate works with victims as a first responder, informing a victim of their rights, serving as a liaison between the victim and the officers investigating their case or with other agencies, helping victims cope with the consequences of the crime, answering  victims questions, explaining the court procedures and being with the victim through the court process and even after sentencing.

A victim advocate provides information to the victim and referrals to other agencies that provide support services to the victim.  Also, assistance is provided in filling out victim compensation paperwork to victims that qualify.  The advocate can intercede

with an employer to explain time missed from work due to cooperating with a law enforcement investigation or court procedure.

A victim advocate in law enforcement may have to share any information with the deputy’s or investigators.  All advocates must report certain types of information to law enforcement to include any type of threat to a person (client threatening to hurt themselves or someone else) and in addition to the abuse or neglect or abuse of children.

How Advocates Work With Victims

An Advocate can offer victims information about different options and services  available to them.  Advocates do not tell victims what to do, they provide assistance and guidance to victims so that they can make informed decisions during very stressful times.  Advocates maintain the highest level of confidentiality possible.  If you are a victim it may be tough for you to reach out for help.  Victim advocates offer support and information concerning access to services in your community.  The Pitt County Sheriffs office advocates are certified through the North Carolina Victim Service Practitioner Academy.

The Role Of The Advocate

Provide information on victimization

Provide information on crime prevention

Provide information on victims’ legal rights and protections

Provide information on the criminal justice system

Provide emotional support to the victims and their family

Provide information on safety planning

Assisting victims or family members with victims compensation applications

Assisting victims in finding shelter and transportation

Assist with Domestic Violence Protective Orders/No Contact Orders

Intercede with creditors, landlords and employers on behalf of the victim

Providing referrals for services/resources the victim may need

Assist with property returns

Provide case status updates

Crisis intervention

Assisting with funeral arrangements

Assist with Line-of- Duty Death

Our Investigators and our Advocates are members of the Pitt County Sexual Assault Response Team;  the Pitt County Domestic Violence Network; the Pitt County Human Trafficking Task Force as well as the North Carolina Coalition Against Human Trafficking.  The victim advocate is apart of the Criminal Investigative Division in the Pitt County Sheriffs Office.

Types of Victims Our Office Assist

Surviving family members of homicide victims and victims of Sexual Assault/Statutory Rape,  Child Abuse,  Robbery,  Breaking & Entering,  Larceny, Domestic Violence,  Stalking,  Human Trafficking,  Felony assault, and Identity Fraud.

Our History of the Victim Advocates Unit

The Pitt County Sheriff’s Office Victim Advocate program is one of the two oldest programs in the state of North Carolina.  The program was started in June 1986 with a grant funded by the Governor’s Crime Commission.  This grant was applied for by our Sheriff in 1986, Sheriff Ralph Tyson; District Attorney, Tom Haigwood; Administrative Officer of the Court, Bill Nicholls, Jr.; Judge Reed, the Chief  Resident Superior Court Judge  and the  PCSO Crime Prevention Officer, Tim Copeland .  The first advocate to fill the position was Cynthia Doctor who was here from July of 1986 until  July 1987 ; Angela Brown served  from  August 1997 until November 1998; Rosemary Haddock(our longest serving advocate was here from November  1988 until her retirement in January 2010. Our current advocate, Leigh Place, worked as a intern here in 1991-1992.  Ms. Place worked at the Pitt County Detention Center from March 1993 until August 1999. She became the assistant victim advocate in September 1999.   Ms. Place became the victim advocate in February 2010.  Ms. Sharon Singleton began her career with law enforcement in September 1998 as a Telecommunicator for Greenville Police Department. In November 2001 she went to work for the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office as a Telecommunicator until August of 2008 when she worked as a Standards Officer until November 2009. Ms. Singleton became the assistant victim advocate in December 2009.

Contact Info:

Contact  Advocate Sharon Singleton - (252) 902-2665 -  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Contact  Advocate Leigh Place - (252) 902-2667 -  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Additional Resources

  Safety Plan for Domestic Violence

  Stalking Diary

  Stalking Fact Sheet

  Stalking Safety Planning

Websites of Interest

Victims Rights Declaration

North Carolina Courts

North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault

North Carolina Victim Compensation Services Division

North Carolina Victim Notification Resources

Real Crisis Intervention, Inc. (local Resource)

www.doc.state.nc.us/victimservices

www.lawhelp.org/nc

www.womenslaw.org

“That all may live” is the standard that brought about the formation in March 2001 of the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office Crisis Negotiation Team. The Crisis Negotiation Team (C.N.T.) is an integral part of the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office’s planned response to critical incidents. Its mission is the preservation of all life by seeking out a peaceful resolution to volatile situations through communication and understanding.

Currently the Crisis Negotiation Team is comprised of eight members who have been specially trained to interact with people in crisis during high-risk situations. Each member has a regular duty assignment and is on-call for the C.N.T. at all times in the event of a critical incident.

The main responsibility of the C.N.T. to conduct and manage on-scene negotiations during any significant crisis event in which the Sheriff’s Office is involved it must also assist in establishing communication links, provide intelligence and background information of the person in crisis, and conduct witness debriefings. Even though the C.N.T. is a separate from the Special Response Team (S.R.T.), it works hand in hand with them when coordinating food delivery, the release of victims/hostages, and surrender of persons in crisis.

The Crisis Negotiation Team stands ready as a valuable resource for the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office to serve the citizens of Pitt County.

The Sheriff’s Office Vice and Narcotics Unit investigates all vice, narcotics, pharmaceutical drug cases, and organized crime activity. These tasks are accomplished by using advanced surveillance equipment and techniques, confidential informants, and well developed investigation skills.

icon-contact  Contact Lt. Adkins - (252) 902-2741

  Substance Abuse Brochure

We want upstanding citizens to be active in their efforts to report crime—that’s why we protect the information of those who report through our system. It’s a guarantee that when you make a call to Crimestoppers that your responsibility ends with the call. No need to fear retaliation from a perpetrator—your call to Pitt-Greenville Crimestoppers will be anonymous and no personal information will be requested. If your information leads to an arrest or the recovery of stolen property, you could receive up to $5,000 in reward money. Perhaps even greater than the possibility of a reward is the knowledge that with your help, a criminal will be removed from our streets and thereby unable to cause further damage to other people or property. Your one call could save the lives and livelihoods of people right here in our community.

If one person’s tip can make such a difference, imagine what kind of difference participation from the entire community could mean to the crime rates in Pitt County.

Do your part to keep our community safe for yourself and others - support Crimestoppers.

icon-contactCall Lt. Kip Gaskins at (252) 902-2724 for additional information.

If you want to give an anonymous tip on a crime call 252-758-7777 or report with your cell: TEXT "PITTGV" & INFO TO 274637

CLICK HERE FOR CRIMESTOPPERS

The Forensic Services Unit is responsible for:

Processing crime scenes

Evidence collection

Forensic photography

Processing evidence involving crimes against persons (i.e. Robbery, Homicide, Sexual Assaults, and Property Crime i.e. Breaking and Entering)

Evaluating and interpretation of evidence after processing

Collecting and comparing fingerprints from crime scenes and evidence submitted for individualizations

Assisting in processing for Major Crimes scenes and evidence for smaller surrounding agencies upon their request.

Testifying in court on the evidence collected at crime scenes, the methods used in processing of evidence and the results of processing and how it relates to the crime.

Evidence processing takes place in the Forensic Services Unit laboratory, which offers a multitude of modern equipment. The presence of advanced equipment and processing methods aides in solving cases, arresting criminals, and preparing cases for prosecution.

The Forensic Services Unit is also responsible for the intake, storage and management of all property and evidence. The units evidence control personnel are responsible for all research into and action taken in the proper disposition of property and evidence.

The Forensic Chemistry Section analyzes all unknown substance to include controlled substances for the Sheriff’s Office and other agencies upon request on a case by case basis.

Specially trained Forensic Investigators are tasked with the reconstruction of Scene’s of Crime against person’s, such as shooting incident reconstruction and bloodstain pattern analysis.

The only truly impartial witness available to the court is physical evidence and the only way its value is diminished is in its handling and interpretation. Having professional Forensic Analysts and Detectives ensures that the value of physical evidence is available to the court in its most objective and complete state.

icon-contactContact: Sgt. W.Moore - (252) 902-2683

Court_PicOur Office is charged with ensuring the safety of all persons entering the courthouse to conduct business and those persons in custody. This is accomplished by providing building security and personnel  to District and Superior Courts. 

Responsibilities include:

  • preparing the courtroom for session,
  • assisting and providing security for the judiciary and officers of the court
  • opening, recessing and adjourning every court session; calling out for defendants and subpoenaed witnesses,
  • coordinating and accompanying pre-trial detainees as well as prisoners to and from court,
  • maintaining order in the courthouse as well as in each of the courtrooms,
  • enforcing all orders of the court,
  • assisting the clerk of court with the movement of trial evidence, and documents,
  • sequestering and ensuring the comfort and integrity of the jury,
  • service all criminal and civil process emanating from the court including the execution of lawful writs and court orders, and
  • transporting pre-trial detainees to out of county detention centers, prisoners to correctional facilities, mental commitments as well as pre-trial detainees for medical purposes, as necessary, throughout the state. 

Court security is not limited to the Pitt County Courthouse. Twice weekly court is held in the towns of Ayden and Farmville. Under certain conditions court is also held at the Pitt County Memorial Hospital. First Appearance hearings are held Monday through Friday at the Pitt County Detention Center for those persons that are unable to make bond. We also coordinate with the National Guard and the Greenville Police Department to provide security and assist with security issues at the Pitt-Greenville Airport.

Not sure of your court date or location? Visit the North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts website. 

If you would like to know more about what the Court Security Services Section does or would like to arrange a group tour of the Pitt County Courthouse, please contact

icon-contactSgt. R. Garcia at 252-902-2663

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